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Comment: Re:Exciting Times (Score 5, Insightful) 217

by kevkingofthesea (#44583955) Attached to: New Treatment From Australia For All Cancers

Assuming there's been an increase in cancer incidence in recent history (not saying there's been one, I just don't feel like looking it up), I'd conjecture that it's primarily due to our greatly increased average lifespan, not any ill effects of whatever foods or chemicals we might have added to our daily diets.

Comment: Negativity vs. Competition (Score 4, Insightful) 201

This submission, and the comments so far, have missed some key differences between negativity and competition. It is possible to compete without being negative towards your competitor. Good competition (from the consumer's point of view) involves both (all) sides striving to create the best product they can. Bad competition is when, rather than improving themselves, competitors seek to cut each other down.

Comment: Re:Other MS products? (Score 1) 251

by kevkingofthesea (#43689057) Attached to: Boston Replacing Microsoft Exchange With Google Apps

From the article:

"Boston officials said they vetted Google and are satisfied with the security protections that come with Google Apps for e-mail and document storage. Also, Boston isn’t completely cutting ties with Microsoft, as it will continue to use its other products, such as the Windows operating system on its PCs." (Emphasis mine)

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+ - Algorithm Developed for a Business Suit That Fits

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "Donna Tam writes that Raj Sareen, who holds degrees in space sciences and physics, wanted to sells men's business suits to customers who don't like to shop so he developed an algorithm that helps consumers find their correct clothing size online with just a few pieces of information: age, weight and height. The company, Styku, uses 3D apparel technology, cloth simulation, and computer-aided design in its algorithm which is now being used at new online retail store, Combat Gent. The technology takes less input from customers — which means they'll have to answer less questions that other tech fit services — and factors in details like how a certain fabric may stretch or how a man's body may sag after a certain age. "Nobody's really run away with the market yet," says Sareen. "Fit is not just about the dimension of the garment, it's also about fabric, it's also how they wear them, the shape of the person — not just their measurement." Styku impressed investors at a Microsoft event for startups last summer by turning a Kinect's motion-sensing video game controller into a body scanner that told users what their measurements were and gave them a virtual mock up of how clothes would look on them. During the trial run on the Combat Gent they tested the algorithm on small sampling — 67 men. For three of those men, all of whom were above six feet tall, Styku's algorithm picked the wrong sizes. But, all the other men found success with the algorithm. It isn't a perfect science yet, but Vishaal Melwani thinks Styku's ties to fashion will make the difference in the long run. "Fit technology has to start from the clothing. It can't start from pure engineering." Meanwhile, the NY Times reports that another company, True&Co, has taken up an equally difficult challenge for the fairer sex — developing an algorithm for a perfectly fitting bra."

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